Cold Winter Now Shipping to Retail

Game News | May 13th, 2005

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LOS ANGELES, May 11 /PRNewswire/ — Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today that the shockingly gritty first-person shooter Cold Winter(TM) has shipped to retail nationwide, and will be fully distributed in stores by June 1. Developed exclusively for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the intense first-person shooter (FPS) action thriller immerses gamers in a modern and deep story set in the shadowy world of international espionage.

“Cold Winter is a visceral and tactile shooter that brings the precision, feedback and pacing of traditional PC FPS combat to the PlayStation 2,” said Philip W. O’Neil, Chief Operating Officer and President, North America for Vivendi Universal Games. “The impressive technology, realistic plot and beautifully lifelike elements provide gamers with a truly immersive and engaging sense of being right in the action.”

In Cold Winter, the player is Andrew Sterling, a disavowed British MI6 agent who does what it takes and is prepared to kill in good conscience. Gamers will experience incredibly realistic interaction throughout highly-detailed and life-like environments, featuring real-world physics, searching fallen enemies and manipulating objects to use as cover. As players encounter intelligent adversaries, they can choose from an arsenal of over 30 weapons which inflict extremely graphic zone-specific body damage and produce realistic rag-doll death animations. The original storyline — set in 2002 and written in collaboration with noted author Warren Ellis — is revealed through beautiful and dramatic cinematics.

Cold Winter will also feature multiplayer support (headset enabled) with up to eight-player online multiplayer action powered by GameSpy, or up to four-player split-screen off-line mode. Players can choose from six multiplayer game modes, over 30 player skins and 12 maps, as well as set the parameters to customize games.

All multiplayer game modes have team versions and include the following:

* Deathmatch — Only kills matter in this mode.
* King of the Hill — Race against other players to “capture the hill.”
* Flag Tag — Find the flag and hold onto it for as long as possible.
* Domination — Capture, defend and retain the most Objective Points in
the level.
* Last Man Standing — Outshoot, outplay and outlast opponents to win.
* Head Match — Gruesome variation of Flag Tag where players try to get

Developed by U.K.-based Swordfish Studios, Cold Winter is currently available in North America on PlayStation 2 for a suggested retail price of $49.99 and with an ESRB “M” for Mature rating.

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Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games)

Vivendi Universal Games ( is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, and also holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard(R) Entertainment, Radical Entertainment(TM), Sierra(R) Entertainment and Massive Entertainment(TM). VU Games’ library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), Diablo(R) and World of Warcraft(TM) from Blizzard; Crash Bandicoot(R), Spyro The Dragon(R), Empire Earth(R), Leisure Suit Larry(TM), Ground Control(R) and Tribes(R). VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including NBC Universal and Twentieth Century Fox.

Copyright (C) 2005 Swordfish Studios Limited. All rights reserved. Cold Winter and the Swordfish Studios logo are trademarks of Swordfish Studios Limited. Sierra and the Sierra logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sierra Entertainment, Inc., in the U.S. and/or other countries. GameSpy and the “Powered by GameSpy” design are trademarks of GameSpy Industries, Inc. “PlayStation” and the “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The Online icon is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Online play requires internet connection. Network Adaptor (for PlayStation 2) and Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation 2) (each sold separately). All rights reserved. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Source: Vivendi Universal Games